Introduction to Research Methods – EDCO 741

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

This course provides a broad overview of the three main approaches used in social science research: quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. More specifically, emphasis is placed on students becoming scholarly consumers of research, able to make appropriate literature-research question-results interpretation-application assertions.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

Research is integral to knowledge production, regardless of discipline; it is the heart of social inquiry. In a post graduate degree program, one important goal is to train graduate students to be disciplined, productive researchers. By reviewing various research methods and issues of epistemology, students taking this course will make significant strides towards attaining that goal and in turn, be better prepared to successfully complete their post graduate degree program.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (6)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. The student will complete discussion threads in two parts.  First, the student should post a new thread of 300-500 words in response to the provided prompt. Then, the student should reply to 2 classmates. Each reply should be 150 words.  (CLO: A, B, C, E, F)

The student will complete a chart that will allow him/her to define, explain, and discuss the three research methods. (CLO: A, B).

The student will write a critique of one of the two quantitative articles selected (and read) from the readings (articles) provided in the Learn section. The critique should be a double-spaced 3-5 page review of the study’s purpose, theory, methods, and major findings. The critique should also follow current APA Professional Standards and should match the formatting guidelines provided in the template (CLO: A, C, D)

The student will write a critique of one of the qualitative articles selected (and read) from the readings (articles) provided.  The critique should be a double-spaced 3-5 page review of the study’s purpose, theory, methods, and major findings.  The critique should also follow current APA Professional Standards and should match the formatting guidelines provided in the template (CLO: A, C, D)